On Laughter-Silvered Wings – a portrait of Irish aviator Paddy Kirkwood

Paddy Kirkwood
ISBN 1-903953-23-5
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by Howard A Hughes
Entertaining biography of charismatic Irish aviator Paddy Kirkwood, a pilot with RAF bomber command in World War II and subsequently an airline captain whose 'Irish crew' gained legendary status in post-war British European Airlines (BEA) for their high-spirited antics.

"A fantastic collection of stories about high jinks at high altitudes that had me laughing out loud…" Jock Davies, former pilot BEA

Anyone with more than a passing interest in aviation will find much to amuse them in this affectionate biography in which Howard A Hughes records the life and times of his friend and mentor Paddy Kirkwood, an amiable Irish aviator and gifted raconteur whose stories about his flying days were so entertaining that Hughes determined to record them for posterity.

A bomber pilot with 630 Squadron during World War II, Kirkwood went on to become an airline captain with BEA in the postwar years, when he and his 'Irish Crew' became legendary amongst airline colleagues for their high spirits and fondness for pranks and practical jokes.

The tales of their airborne antics make for entertaining reading that can be enjoyed by a wide audience.

Details softback | 270 pages | monochrome photographs